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  1. demarpaint

    Mazda dealer refused to change transmission fluid

    Time to take it elsewhere.
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    Jeep Gladiator 3.6 Oil consumption

    All engines use oil. Yours uses very little. I would not be worried, especially with the amount of oil you used over a 9,500 mile run.
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    F150 honest review

    For years, decades in fact I owned a Ford, and still do. I should never say never, but odds are I will never own another Ford.
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    Clutch safety switch purpose?

    It's one nanny feature I never gave much thought to. I park in first, when I get in to drive I depress the clutch, I shift to neutral, and start the engine. If it's a cold start I let off the clutch and idle until the rpms get to 1,000, then it's clutch in and into first or reverse and go.
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    Clutch job interesting find..

    You pretty much backed up my point. The transmission had no business in a light duty PU or van. I was lucky with mine, having the top cover off [which made getting the transmission out and back in again a lot easier], I had a look inside, everything looked great, including the amount of metal...
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    Clutch job interesting find..

    For starters that transmission doesn't belong in a light truck. It has an internal slave cylinder, and the bell housing is part of the transmission making for a more difficult job replacing a clutch, or a slave cylinder, which is a weak link in the system to begin with. A ZF transmission would...
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    Something to think about with EVs...Total and Hidden Expenses

    Exactly! And a big no thanks for me.
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    Hot Shots FR3 VOA

    That is exactly what I was thinking.
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    Washing Cars in Hot Weather

    During the summer I wash the car as soon as there's some daylight. Which is at about 0500. Then I back it into the garage to dry it, and wax it if need be. I should be living in Florida within the next 6 months if things go well, so I better learn the tips and tricks for living in a hot climate.
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    Clutch job interesting find..

    It took a little while, but tapping on the clutch master cylinder helped a lot. It sent any remaining air up into the reservoir and out.
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    post your latest transmission lubricant change.

    88 E-150 4.9L M5OD transmission 80 K miles on fluid, changed as part of a clutch job. Out: Mobil 1 ATF. In: Delvac1 ATF.
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    Clutch job interesting find..

    After some weather delays, appointments and waiting on a part it's done. I forgot to post this picture of the transmission drain plug. Not bad for a stick with 80K miles on the fluid. Bleeding it was a bit of a PITA. What worked was jacking the van to the point that the clutch master cylinder...
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    Went to Mavis for tires!

    I'll never do business with them again, I said that several years ago, and three tire purchases later I stuck to my word. I took my 88 E-150 in for tires and an alignment, the shop was busy. I could see one customer after another getting called into the shop being alerted of "problems." That's...
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    Clutch job interesting find..

    If I were 30 years younger and had the patience to hunt one down I might have considered it. Keep in mind this is an E-150 and I'm sure there would be quite a few mods, especially to the floor to get it to bolt in properly. There were very few of them made, F-150 OTOH would be a lot easier. I...
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    Clutch job interesting find..

    It is actually not set up that bad, although why Ford put a POS M5OD in them leaves a lot to the imagination. They did team up with Mazda, but they should have used a ZF tranny instead and skipped the Mazda junk. The weather is holding me up today so nothing other than the RMS and pilot bearing...
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    *Investors Blog*

    Maybe more.
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    Clutch job interesting find..

    I wish it was that easy. That sounds like it might be tough to do. The bell housing if part of the transmission, and can't be removed. I'd have to go for another transmission, probably something before they used the M5OD, and make quite a few mods. At that point I'd probably get rid of it and...
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    Start/stop feature - the worst function ever?

    For me it will eventually become something I have to get if I want a new vehicle. It's not a deal breaker though. As long as it can be disabled either with a dongle or pushing a button I'll learn to live with it. If I like a vehicle that doesn't have a button to turn it off or there's nothing...
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